Last night, as I was sleeping,
I dreamt--marvelous error--
that I had a beehive
here inside my heart.
And the golden bees
were making white combs
and sweet honey
from my old failures.
--Antonio Machado, Time Alone
DreamWave: The Gold in Dross
The primary authority in each person's life is not the parent, the boss, the
doctor, the psychiatrist, or the ego. It is the Self. This authority has many
names and religions attached to it, but all describe an infinite resource
available twenty-four hours a day, everyday. Its primary purpose is to provide
each and every human with enough information to make it through life in a
meaningful way. Its form of expression is the imagination. Its linking system is
intuition. Its language is the dream.
Being informed is fundamental in today's world. The premise of theDreamWave
project is that the most important information is being overlooked. As thoughts
are to the brain so are dreams to the mind. The "image-ination"
represents itself in "images." A daily, direct link to the source of
these images is the dream. The dream has an inherent structure to its often
seemingly confusing presentation. The story is told with pictures, puzzles, puns
and paradoxes. To work with the dream, you must play with it. You need
intuition, imagination and information.
The capabilities of the home computer, particularly when combined with the
Internet and CD-ROM, are well suited to aid contemplation of dreams. We have
undertaken the design of an electronic dream "Scribe," to augment
one's paper journal, and to link it to a many media dream-related encyclopedia.
The DreamWave software will enable intuitive navigation through and access to an
on-going evolution of information about dreams. It will assist the dreamer in
entering into an open-ended, life long relationship with their dreams on their
own terms. DreamWave is asynchronistic integration of software technology and
psychological thought. The program will be purposely as much an interactive game
as serious dream work. It will let the dreamer connect with the dream, and feel
that little jolt, that "Eureka!" experience, when the wires of dream
and life cross.
Our first expression of this project is on the World Wide Web at:
Within this site are:"Paragon," a collection of hypertextual essays
on matters of the psyche;"Muse," individualized musings on dream
themes and elements;"Tidings," a consideration of the week's waking
dream, a.k.a., the news;"Gold" & "Rules," which provide
people with the basics for discerning their most valuable dreams, the "gold
in the dross."
DreamWave is one way for people to incorporate dreams into their life, and,
ultimately, to explore themselves and their world. It introduces a technology
and resource system whereby the average person has the opportunity to become an
authority in their own life, pulling on there sources of the Self available
every night in one's dreams.
Dreams are not logical, but mytho-logical; they sew terror and absurdity
together; they disintegrate the dreamer. The art form of the dream, like play,
like little saved things, like memory, is to make a human life, to participate
in the making of human culture.
--Lynda Sexson, Ordinarily Sacred